Post # 1
I have been having a hard time deciding my e-ring within the $3,000 budget, and I thought I would ask for more opinions here.
Here are the settings I’m thinking,
With setting #1, I found a 0.7 ct diamond to go with. With #2 it’s going to be 0.6 ct, and #3, I think it’ll be around 0.4 – 0.5 ct because of the higher setting price and the limited budget.
I’m wondering if I should go for a bigger stone in a simple solitaire, or get a half carat with more detailed setting. I don’t mind a smaller stone (since even a half carat is considered rather large in a country I’m from), but I’m kind of tempted for a bigger diamond as well…
I like all these settings and it’s so hard to choose only one of them!
What do you think you would do? Looking forward to your opinions!
Post # 3
Personally, I would get the bigger stone (so long as I wasn’t sacrificing quality) and the plain setting. Mostly because I’m that person that would absolutely upgrade a setting in the future and if you can get the stone you want now, you could always get a nicer setting for it down the road for a 5 or 10 yr anniversary. It’s significantly cheaper to upgrade a setting than it is a stone.
But, if you would never upgrade, then I suggest you go try them on or try on similar styles in person. Seeing something in person can sometimes seal the deal for you.
Post # 4
What’s more important to you? Detail or the size of the stone? Once you answer that question, you should be able to decide. If you can’t answer that question, I say go with #2. The stone is slightly bigger than in #3 and a bit more unique than #1.
Post # 5
I would personally get either 1 or 2 the .1 size difference won’t be noticeable, but a .3 size difference will be and although I love pave bands, that wouldn’t sway me enough to go down 50% on the center stone size.
Post # 6
@PuppyLove7: Well, upfront I admit some bias as I am not all that fond of pave myself (though there are many who disagree with me!), but I AM very fond of Vatche settings! The Swan solitaire was my dream setting for a long period of time…ha ha.
I like the middle one best, but the first one is a runner up. You get a nice size centre stone, and a gorgeous setting that is a bit different than the first setting (which is lovely and classic too). You can certainly bling it up with either your wedding band, or an anniversary band down the road. Something I love about plain solitaires it is is very versatile and easy to really change the look with different bands. The difference between about .6 and .7 is also pretty small. Make sure you go for an excellent/ideal cut though, to ensure it faces up like a .6 should!
The difference between a .7 and a .4 or so though IS quite significant, and while pave will bling the band up, to me I would rather have a plain band and the .6 or .7.
Post # 7
If it were me, I would pick 1 or 2. I wouldn’t want to drop down .3ct in size, but .1ct isn’t really going to be noticeable.
Post # 8
I would go with the biggest stone and the simple setting. That’s almost exactly what I have. (Mine’s a 0.8 carat) You can always go with an eternity band for your wedding band, which is what I did and it looks really nice together.
Post # 9
bigger stone and add a blingy wedding band?
or you could get halo?
Post # 10
Thank you so mcuh for lots of great advice in such a short time!
My ring size is little smaller than 5 1/2.
The #3 setting would be more expensive than a diamond itself and I’m not sure if I’d be happy about the fact. (it looks gorgeous, though)
Is the difference between 0.7 and 0.6 ct really not that noticable? If so, I think I’m leaning toward to #2 a bit…
Here is a bigger image of the settings, just in case.
I still haven’t decided which one yet, but this is what my wedding band will look like.
A plain platinum band accented with a single burnished set diamond, or three tension set diamonds.
I prefer something simple and low-maintenance for my wedding band.
Do you think a simple solitaire e-ring and a wedding band like these would look too…plain?
I will probably get an eternity or half eternity diamond ring for our milestone anniversary, so I guess I could stack them in the future?
Post # 11
@RayKay: Ooo The Swan by Vatche is beautiful! 🙂 I love how it hugs the stone.
Post # 13
- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
I had the same budget and same choices. I chose carat. I got a beautiful, really high quality, .75 carat diamond for exactly $3,000. Darling Husband and I went to a local jeweler (stay away from chains…), and got a fantastic deal.
Post # 14
@PuppyLove7: The difference between .6 and .7 is very small, unless you are talking “mind size”. If you would feel better about going for the .7, then it is probably worth it. Now, of course, it is also possible to find .6s that face up bigger than .7s, but I am assuming both are excellent cut stones.
As for the bands, I like the tension set one you have shown. I have this thing about not liking a centre stone with a “tiny centre” stone band, if that makes sense. The three stone balances it nicely.
Have you also considered a scattered band? Super low maintenance! You can see my scattered band here:
Post # 15
I’d go bigger caret with plain band espeically since I love how the simple solitare looks with a diamond wedding band.
Post # 16
By The Way the diamond quality will be something like G, H/SI1, SI2/Excellent or Ideal cut.